The Mets are among five or six teams to show early interest in Furcal (Puma, Nov. 5).
The Mets are more interested in Granderson than Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury (Martino, Nov. 11).
According to multiple reports, Granderson is expected to decline his $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Yankees.
Baseball insiders expect Granderson to receive three- and four-year offers from multiple teams (Cerrone, Nov. 5). The White Sox and Cubs have also already contacted him, in addition to the Mets (Martino, Nov. 8).
Granderson played in just 61 games last season. He hit 40 home runs each of the previous two seasons with the Yankees.
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The Mets are among a dozen teams interested in Hart (Puma, Nov. 6).
Hart, 31, has hit .276 in his career with a .334 OBP, 154 home runs and 211 doubles in nine seasons, including All-Star selections in 2008 and 2010.
He missed the entirety of the 2013 season with two knee surgeries.
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He doesn’t wear sunglasses at night.
The Rockies are among the teams pursuing Hawkins, according to a source (Rubin, Nov. 7).
The Mets are one of two teams who have reached out to Hawkins (Ackert, Nov. 6).
The Mets are interested in bringing Hawkins back for 2014, according to multiple October reports. Similarly, Hawkins is open to returning to the Mets (Baron, Oct. 22).
The 40-year-old Hawkins went 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 13 saves, posting a 1.146 WHIP in 70 2/3 innings in relief during 2013.
The Angels could look to first trade Kendrick for starting pitching before considering deals for their extra outfielders (Heyman, Sept. 6).
There are people with the Mets who prefer to move Daniel Murphy to first base and trade for Kendrick (Sherman, Oct. 6).
In August, the Angels nearly dealt Kendrick to the Dodgers (Rosenthal, Aug. 19).
Phillips is as good as gone, a league executive said (Passan, Nov. 7).
The Reds intend to shop Phillips this winter (Nightengale, Oct. 19). In the wake of firing Dusty Baker, in an effort to further shake up the team, Cincinnati believes Phillips is their best chance to free up payroll and bring in immediate-impact prospects (Brennaman, Oct. 4).
The Mets will consider moving Daniel Murphy to first base and trading him for a power bat (Cerrone, Sept. 25), which could put them in the market for a second baseman. The Dodgers, Tigers, Royals, Orioles, and maybe the Yankees will also have interest in acquiring a second baseman this winter (Heyman, Nov. 6).
Phillips, 32, is said to be available in the right trade, but the initial price is steep (Heyman, Nov. 6).
He has four years and $50 million left on his current contract, during which he will earn just $11 million in 2014.
Phillips played 140 games each of the last six seasons. In 666 plate appearances for the Reds in 2013, he hit just .261 with a .310 OBP, with 18 home runs, 24 doubles and 103 RBI, while batting slightly better against right-handed pitching.
The Mets like Peralta a lot (Davidoff, Nov. 6).
Peralta should expect teams to offer him a two-year deal worth around $10 million a season (Heyman, Nov. 5).
The Tigers did not make a qualifying offer to Peralta, meaning he will not cost draft pick compensation.
In early August, Peralta was suspended 50-games for his ties to Biogenesis, prior to which he was hitting .303 with a .358 OBP, 11 HR and 55 RBI in 107 games. He was able to activated in time to play in the postseason, during which he had several key hits while playing left field and shortstop.
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The Mets “don’t like” Trumbo (Martino, Nov. 4).
The Angels have already shown a willingness to deal Trumbo and Peter Bourjos for starting pitching (Olney, Oct. 29), although it’s possible they could look to first trade Howie Kendrick before considering deals for their extra outfielders (Heyman, Sept. 6).
Trumbo, 27, hit .234 with a .294 OBP and .747 OPS, 34 HR and 100 RBI in 159 games during 2013. He will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2014, and can be a free agent in 2017.
The Mets like Trumbo’s power, but don’t think he’s an ideal clean-up hitter (Cerrone, Nov. 5).
In any trade the Angels explore this winter, they’ll be seeking a young, inexpensive starting pitcher and not prospects, according to people familiar with the team’s thinking (Cerrone, Nov. 5).